Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Butter Sauce

A Few Words…

Although I do eat carbs and love whole grain seeded breads and pasta, I know that many are trying to reduce their ‘carb’ intake. Here’s a delicious way to use zucchini noodles in place of pasta in a fabulous and filling salad.

This is such a yummy and fresh salad that can be changed over and over again, depending on what vegetables you put in it. I love adding shredded carrots and edamame beans to give it different textures and color.

If you have leftover dressing and are wondering what to do with it, it’s great on steamed broccoli or cauliflower or on more zucchini noodles!

Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Butter Sauce



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Serves 8-12 (depending on how many veggies you put in)

Ingredients:
For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut sauce)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbs. low sodium tamari
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbs. grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha (add more if you like more heat!)
  • up to 1/2 cup water, room temperature

For the Salad:

  • 3-4 medium sized zucchini, washed and skin left on
  • 2-3 peppers, red, orange, yellow, cut into slices
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced into half moons and seeded
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup roasted, peanuts
  • 1 cup fresh herbs, such as: Thai basil, mint, cilantro (or a mix of all three), chopped, optional
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Optional items to add: edamame beans, grape/cherry tomatoes cut in half, shredded carrots

Directions:

Make the dressing:
Place the peanut butter, rice vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, garlic, ginger and Sriracha in a small blender and blend until smooth. Add a bit of the water if too thick, just until it’s a little thinned out. Keep the leftover dressing in a Mason jar/ sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use; you will probably have to add a bit of water to get the desired consistency.

Make the salad:
Use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. Alternatively, you can slice the zucchini lengthwise, on a mandolin or by hand, into 1/8 inch thick slices. Let drain in a colander and squeeze the excess moisture with a paper towel.

Add the veggies into a large serving bowl with the zucchini noodles and mix well. Add some dressing, toss and add more if needed.

Garnish with peanuts and herbs, if desired, and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top before serving!